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COLUMBUS, Ohio - More Ohioans could be covered under Medicaid while saving Ohio money, according to a new Health Policy Institute of Ohio study, which Senator Capri Cafaro is using to push a bill she introduced that would expand Medicaid coverage.

"This is not just about all of these numbers and all about dollars and cents, but about real people that need real solutions," Cafaro says. 

Through her proposed legislation, Senator Cafaro hopes to not only expand Medicaid, but also launch a workforce development program aimed at helping individuals find better paying jobs so they can obtain private insurance.

The bill would also reduce the rate paid to nursing facilities if admission rates are above the national average.

"This bill, I believe achieves the goal of covering more Ohioans, primarily working adults, while holding providers and patients accountable for care," she says.

According to the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, spending has increased an average of 7.2 percent under the existing Medicaid program.  

Assuming that rate, it's believed the current system would cost Ohio more money, if it's not expanded under the Affordable Care Act, which is what Senator Cafaro is suggesting.

Expansion costs would entirely be paid by the federal government for three years, which the Senator believes would bring in millions of dollars in aid to Ohio.

 

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